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Terpenes: Definition, Uses, and Effects

January 12, 2021

One of the most significant aspects of living in the current age is witnessing the hemp industry’s growing field of cannabinoid research.

Most of the research into hemp’s therapeutic benefits focuses on cannabinoids — CBD, CBN, CBG, CBC, and THC.

Besides cannabinoids, an often overlooked component of the equation is terpenes. Known for their potent aromatic characteristics, terpenes are what provide various hemp strains with exclusive flavor profiles. Beyond infusing hemp with unique tastes and smells, researchers deem terpenes to play a vital role in the future of hemp products.

It’s crucial to offer your consumers a wide variety of effect-based terpene profiles to enhance consumer quality of life in target areas such as relaxation, vitality, and focus. In doing so, it’s essential to understand key terms — specifically, terpenes. Knowing this and what to look for is the first step to sourcing quality and compelling aromatics for your retail products.

What are Terpenes?

Let’s talk about technical terms. Terpenes are classified as hydrocarbons with the following molecular structure: (C5H8)n. Plants and insects produce this diverse group of hydrocarbons for fascinating evolutionary motivations.

Non-scientifically, terpenes are aromatic oils that give hemp its distinctive flavor profiles, such as sweet, spicy, sour, or bitter. The incredible compound often gives off a strong scent. Hemp and cannabis naturally produce several terpenes, which is why so many strains smell and taste differently from one another.

Elevating Trading Insider Tip

For a terpene to transform into an activated form, it needs to be heated to a certain point. It is essential to understand the exact boiling point for terpenes and cannabinoids present in hemp products. Educate your customers — without this knowledge, they may not receive the full therapeutic benefit of terpenes.

How are Terpenes Used?

Terpenes are an incredibly diverse group of compounds that serve many uses. They are used mostly as flavoring agents or for their aromatic qualities and are often added to food and beverage products.

Playing a crucial role in differentiating the effects of various strains — some terpenes encourage relaxation and stress-relief, while others promote focus and sharpness.

What effects do terpenes cause?

The effect profile of any given terpene may change in the presence of other compounds in a phenomenon known as the “entourage effect”. Terpenes add tremendous depth and flavor to hemp flower. They may also add therapeutic and medicinal value, based on their unique properties.

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